Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis

Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis
(Walker, 1856) Oenosanda


Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis

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TAXONOMY:

Family: Sphingidae, Latreille, 1802
Subfamily: Macroglossinae, Harris, 1839
Tribe: Macroglossini, Harris, 1839
Genus: Cautethia Grote, 1865 ...........
Species: noctuiformis noctuiformis (Walker 1856)

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DISTRIBUTION:

Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis, [wingspan: 1 1/8 - 1 9/16 inches (2.8 - 4 cm)], flies in Barbuda, Antigua. Cuba, Hispaniola, Puerto-Rico, St-Thomas, St-Martin and St-Bartholomew, and, for the first time, in the Lesser Antilles.

The population from the Lesser Antilles belongs to a new subspecies.

Braesia hipparsus Grote & Robinson, 1868, [Cuba], is the same as Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis.

FLIGHT TIMES:

Cautethia noctuiformis noctuiformis adults nectar at flowers.

ECLOSION:

Pupae probably wiggle to surface from subterrqnean chambers just prior to eclosion.

SCENTING AND MATING:

Females call in the males with a pheromone released from a gland at the tip of the abdomen.

EGGS, LARVAE, PUPAE:

Larvae feed on Chiococca alba in Puerto Rico and Exostema in Cuba.

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